In this mini-guide, we’ll take you on a journey through Malta’s top attractions, sharing some basic information about the island, fun facts, and tips to help you make the most of your visit.
Malta is actually an archipelago, consisting of three main inhabited islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino, as well as several uninhabited islets. The Maltese language is a unique blend of Semitic and Romance languages, with roots in Phoenician, Arabic, Sicilian, and Italian.
- Explore Valletta
Valletta, Malta’s UNESCO World Heritage capital city, is a beautiful blend of ancient charm and modern vibrancy. Wander through its stone alleys, visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens for panoramic views of the Grand Harbour, and marvel at the Grandmaster Palace, the Knights’ auberges, and other historical sites. Guided tours are available for those seeking a more informative experience.
- Discover St. John’s Co-Cathedral
Malta has more than 365 churches, one for each day of the year. If you don’t want to spend a year visiting all the churches, you should see the main one and that would be St. John’s Co-Cathedral. The exterior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral belies its breathtaking interior, adorned with gold, intricate paintings, and colourful marble. As the church of the Knights of St. John, the cathedral houses the crypts of the Order’s Grand Masters and Caravaggio’s stunning paintings in the oratory. An audio guide or a guided Valletta tour is recommended for a deeper understanding of the cathedral’s history.
- Dive into Malta’s Underwater World
Often regarded as Europe’s top dive destination, Malta offers crystal-clear waters and more than 50 licensed dive schools. With underwater landscapes ranging from caves to shipwrecks, Malta caters to both experienced divers and beginners, with many sites accessible from the shore.
- Experience the Malta National Aquarium
The Malta National Aquarium showcases the marine life of Malta’s coastline and exotic species from around the world. From groupers to tree frogs, this family-friendly attraction offers an entertaining and educational experience for all ages.
- Visit Malta’s Game of Thrones Locations
Embark on a tour of Malta’s famous Game of Thrones locations, led by local actors who participated in the filming. Visit iconic sites from Kings Landing to Flea Bottom, and learn about Malta’s other film locations, including Popeye Village (purpose-built set village of 1980 film Popeye).
- Step Inside a Private Mdina Palazzo
Discover the hidden treasures of Mdina’s aristocratic palazzos on a private tour hosted by one of Malta’s top families. This exclusive experience offers a rare glimpse into the history, art, and architecture of these stately homes. Contact Exclusively Malta for more information.
- Cruise the Grand Harbour
The Grand Harbour, with its sparkling blue waters and honey-cream limestone, is central to Malta’s history. Explore hidden creeks and marvel at the iconic castles on a boat tour, either on a traditional dghajsa water taxi or a larger organized tour with commentary.
- Relax at the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon on Comino Island is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and soaking in the sun. As space and shade are limited, consider booking a boat tour that includes a deck to lounge on and refreshments. Alternatively, stay overnight at the Comino Hotel for a more immersive experience.
Malta is a beautiful Mediterranean island with a mix of history, nature, and tasty food. There’s so much to do that the real challenge is figuring out how to fit everything into your visit.